Used to trails and living in the mountains, Zoe Cosson did a literary residency in Providenza in October 2021.
"The writing will emerge from my discovery of the territory, from my presence in situ. I will let stories ferment in my winter cabin thought as an island laboratory. I will try to find a material in the word: to wander, to glean, to create a herbarium. Between sea and mountain, water stone salty wind and light, I will collect organic images and words. I will carry out field surveys. I will go to meet the living, the locals, those who are anchored in the landscape and say it. I will write from what my eyes capture and from what happens in the language, from what the memory keeps of traces, marks, snippets."
In 2012, Zoé Cosson joins the Reims Higher School of Art and Design where she develops a hybrid practice between experimental video, documentary and writing. Her works explore the ways of how the environment evolves on particular and circumscribed territories and facing that, the movements likely to shape them. After obtaining her DNSEP in 2018, her video Salle d’attente is exhibited at the FRAC Champagne-Ardennes.
The same year, she joins the Creative writing Master of The Havre-Rouen Higher School of Art and Design where she works on a non-fictional novel based on iconographic archives, memories and interviews of the people in a village based in a valley of Ariège. This non-fictional novel, Aulus, is published by Gallimard in 2020.